First things first: Is this not the cutest picture ever?
Furhusband and furwife, sitting in the sunny spot together.
I hit the pool up during lunch with one goal in mind: DO THE BACKSTROKE!
The wonderful reader comments on this post (Different Strokes) about how to effectively do a backstroke were so helpful. Iâ€™m really trying to learn a new stroke because I think it will be especially helpful during triathlon season. The top three tips that I incorporated today were:
When your arm is coming out of the water, thumb up. Twist your arm on the extension so your hand enters the water pinkie-side down. I practiced this in my living room first.
Keep your arm close to your head when it re-enters the water.
Do a few laps hugging a kickboard to your chest so you can get used to kicking on your back without running into the buoys.
I did SO much better today just by implementing those three tips! I did 1,000 yards, some freestyle and some backstroke. Itâ€™s hard to do the backstroke if youâ€™re not used to it. My arms are tired.
While I was backstrokinâ€™, I thought about how one of the things that really held me back from trying other strokes was my fear of looking stupid. Iâ€™ve written about workout embarrassment before (thereâ€™s a whole section about it in the upcoming Healthy Tipping Point book!)â€¦ itâ€™s a huge hurdle to trying new things. I think workout embarrassment comes in two forms: fear of how you look physically and fear of looking incompetent. I definitely avoided the backstroke for so long because I was so afraid of running into the buoys because I couldnâ€™t backstroke in a straight line. This is compounded because the people at my pool are serious swimmers â€“ lots of high school and college teams or Ironmen. I feel very novice compared to everyone else.
But when I was swimming today (and running into the buoys), I realized two things: 1) I donâ€™t really give a crap if people laugh at me if I run into the buoys. It is kind of funny, and it happens to everyone whoâ€™s learning a new stroke. 2) Most of the swimmers are so engrossed in their workouts that they donâ€™t notice me slamming into the buoys. Maybe Iâ€™m just providing entertainment for the lifeguards!
Pre-workout snack was rice cakes and PB:
And afterwards, a huge salad with sunflower seeds, goat cheese, carrots, onions, and raisins. Yum. Plus a big of BBQ chips.
Annnnd now itâ€™s snack time again.
I bought the Husband a random present. Any guesses what it is? Heh.
(Other Christmas gifts are actually anniversary gifts â€“ itâ€™s our wedding anniversary next week!)
Do you suffer from workout embarrassment? How do you deal with it?